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Twain's End
by Lynn Cullen

Published: 2015-10-13
Hardcover : 352 pages
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“Reputation-squaring novel. Cullen splashes a surplus of fuel onto her incendiary raw material.” —New York Times

“Ms. Cullen is the Bronte of our day.” —Huffington Post

A “People Pick”

“Intelligently drawn.” —Library Journal

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

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“Reputation-squaring novel. Cullen splashes a surplus of fuel onto her incendiary raw material.” —New York Times

“Ms. Cullen is the Bronte of our day.” —Huffington Post

A “People Pick”

“Intelligently drawn.” —Library Journal

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

From the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of the “page-turning tale” (Library Journal, starred review) Mrs. Poe comes a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America’s most iconic writer: Mark Twain.

In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction.” Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. How did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain’s life to a woman he was determined to destroy?

In Twain’s End, Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne’s husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain’s Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully kept veneers shatter.

Based on Isabel Lyon’s extant diary, Twain’s writings and letters, and events in Twain’s boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain’s End explores this real-life tale of doomed love.

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  "Twain's End Lynn Cullen"by ccroft78248 (see profile) 04/27/16

This is a great book! I enjoyed it and was excited to read it each evening when I got home from work. The story weaves together fact with the fiction of what could have happened. It holds interest and... (read more)

 
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  "Twains End"by gaylereads (see profile) 07/17/16

Learned some things about people. Left with some questions about their lives but still found some insight into the time period.

 
  "Beloved Mark Twain was an imposter!"by CynKing57 (see profile) 07/15/16

After almost 5 years of faithful service to America's most beloved author, Isabel Lyons was dismissed and slandered by Mark Twain as a fraud, cheat and woman of lose morals and she did not fight back.... (read more)

 
  "The real story of Mark Twain"by BonzArt (see profile) 01/21/16

Lynn Cullen does a tremendous amount of research to get as close to her historical figures true lives as possible, and still tells a story with wit, insight and surprises! Loved this book!

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